Albert Henri Murray (1887 - 1974)

         

Albert Henri Murray (1887 - 1974) inducted in 1996                

Albert Murray’s legacy goes well beyond his holding the record as the youngest golfer ever to win the Canadian Open Championship; he also left his mark on many of the finest clubs around this province.

Murray, born September 3, 1887, in Nottingham, England, was only eight months old when his family immigrated to Canada. The younger of two brothers that proved outstanding in competitive golf, Murry joined the ranks as a caddie in 1897 at the Toronto Golf Club.

Murray quickly showed his ability as a player when in 1900; he won his first caddies’ tournament ever entered. He successfully defended that crown the following year. There was so much promise that in 1902 the legendary George Cumming of the Toronto club brought him into the proshop to learn the art of clubmaking and teach, earning him the distinction as Canada’s youngest assistant at the age of 15.

The following year, he joined his brother, Charles, at the Westmount Golf Club and their association continued when Charles moved to Royal Montreal in the 1905.

In 1906, at the age of eighteen, Murray was hired to remodel the Royal Québec Golf Club at Cove Fields and take over the roll as head professional. While his stay at the club was short lived, it was not forgotten. When the members were forced to relocate after the 1915 season, they commissioned him to lay out the club’s new course at MontmorencyFalls.

In 1908, Murray went to the Outremont Golf Club. With the ever increasing encroachment of new housing development in the area, the members sought an alternate sight and formed a new club at Kanawaki. Murray, along with his brother, designed the layout and he was employed as the new club’s first professional in 1913.

The 1921 season saw Murray move to the Country Club of Montréal. Five years later, he began an association with the Beaconsfield Golf Club that would last for sixteen years.

Upon his retirement from the club professional’s role in 1942, Murray devoted most of his time to golf course design. In all, some thirty-three clubs were designed and an additional thirty-four remodeled by him including, Laval-sur-le-Lac, Grand-Mère, Kanawaki, Val-Morin, Whitlock, Malone in the state of New-York, Edmunston in New-Brunswick, and Knowlton, to name but a few – some of these are no longer in existence and others have been modified or redesigned since.

While Murray was widely recognized for his fine work in golf course design and as a club professional, he also amassed a tremendous collection of antique memorabilia and shone on the golf course. Some of his many accomplishments include:

·Played his first Canadian Open in 1904 at the age of 14, finishing 13th out of 17.

·The youngest golfer to ever win the Canadian Open in 1908 at the age of 20. He won it again in 1913.

·Winning the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association’s Championship at Beaconsfield in 1924 and was runner-up in the first two years of the event (1912 & 1913).

·Two-time winner of the Senior CPGA Championship (1939 & 1942).

·Winning the Québec Open champion twice (1910 & 1930).

·First president of the Canadian PGA in 1912 and served as its captain in 1920, 1921 and 1933.

·Launching Canada’s first indoor golf school in the basement of Montréal’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel in 1916, that operated for 25 years.

Murray’s tremendous contributions to the game were recognized by his election into the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame in January of 1974. It came one month prior to his death at the age of 86.

Inducted Members of the Québec Golf Hall of Fame

Pierre Archambault (1944 - ) inducted in 2017
Gordon Baxter Taylor (1909 - 1999) inducted in 1996
Adrien Bigras (1938 - ) inducted in 2005
Jocelyne Bourassa (1947 -) inducted in 1996
Graham Cooke (1946 - ) inducted in 2008
Judy Darling-Evans (1937 -) inducted in 1998
Pat Fletcher (1916-1985) inducted in 1998
André Gagné (1944 - ) inducted in 2016
Damien Gauthier (1913 – 1999) inducted in 2000
Christopher Howard Gribbin (1921 - 2012) inducted in 1996
Mary Ann Hayward (1960 -) inducted in 2011
Stanley Horne (1912 - 1995) inducted in 1996
Jules Huot (1908 - 1999) inducted in 1996
The eight Huot brothers - inducted in 1996
Karl Kaspar Keffer (1882-1955) - inducted in 2016
Bill Kerr Sr. (1911 – 1997) inducted in 1997
Albert Henri Murray (1887 - 1974) inducted in 1996
Charles Richard Murray (1882 – 1939) inducted in 1996
Jacques Nols (1945 - ) inducted in 2012
Debbie Savoy Morel (1953 -...) inducted in 2017
Robert "Bob" Vokey (1939 - ) - inducted in 2017